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A Rare Pair: PSA Figure Skaters

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A Rare Pair: PSA Figure Skaters
young girl in a pink and orange costume posing with a boy in a black costume, wearing medals
Kristina, 9th Grader Detroit Edison Public School Academy, and Gabriel, Four Corners Montessori Academy Alumni

Up and coming figure skating dance team, Kristina Bland, 14, and Gabriel Francis, 15, competed in the US Figure Skating Championships held in Detroit, January 19th and 20th. Kristina and Gabriel both have Oakland University charter school connections. Kristina is currently a 9th grader at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, and Gabriel is an alumnus of Four Corners Montessori Academy in Madison Heights.

The pair have been skating together for three years and brought home bronze medals at the juvenile level at last year’s national competition. Competing at the intermediate level for the first time, they earned a ninth place in free dance and a 10th place overall at this year’s championships. Kristina and Gabriel are a rarity in the world of figure skating. As an African-American and Latino dance pair, they provide inspiration to other children of color who may not have considered figure skating as a sport for them. Fox2 Detroit provides a look at the two on their road to success. We wish Gabriel and Kristina luck in their future competitions!

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